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  • Jose Gonzalez - Guitarist

    Jose Gonzalez & Claudio Ragazzi Duo w/ Criollo Clasico

    April 7, 2018 8pm

    Asylum Hill Congregational Church

    814 Asylum Ave.

    Hartford, CT

    Guitarists Jose Gonzalez (Puerto Rico) and Claudio Ragazzi (Argentina) come together again as a superb Guitar Duet after a 28 year recess. What sets The Gonzalez -Ragazzi Duo apart is their original compositions and the fact that both are recognized composers/performers. This is truly a unique concert of new music with outstanding guest artists (Ahmed Gonzalez/ flute , Rene Gonzalez/ Latin percussion and Gaby Ragazzi /electric guitar). Jose Gonzalez latest CD "Viva Americas" was chosen among the top 5 CD releases in Puerto Rico and Claudio Ragazzi won a 2018 Grammy for his outstanding guitar work with the Pablo Ziegler Trio on their CD "Jazz Tango).

    Ahmed Gonzalez 

    Flutes, Backup vocals, Percussion
    Ahmed has been a flutist for over 15 years, focusing on Latin-American musical styles, classical music, and American Jazz. A student of Sue Kurian (herself a student of the great French flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal), Ahmed developed a strong flute foundation in many styles, making him a versatile performer. Ahmed has recorded in numerous records, performs regularly with 6 bands in the Western MA and Hartford, CT area and is currently promoting his solo album, Flute Soul.

    Rene Gonzalez
    Drum set, Electric and Upright Bass, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, Bata Drums, Peruvian Cajon Vocals and Latin Percussion
    Rene has been a multi-percussionist, focusing on Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican music styles. Beginning studies on drums with his father at the age of six, Rene studied Rock and Funk. He began an early apprenticeship on Timbales, Bongos, Tumbadoras, and Latin percussion. Rene studied straight-ahead jazz, big band jazz. Since his undergraduate days, Rene has begun an independent apprenticeship on electric and upright bass, developing his ability on those instruments and performing with numerous groups on both instruments as well. Rene has recorded timbales, tumbadoras, bongos, drums, and electric bass on numerous records spanning various styles and bands.

  • 2017-2018 Concert Season

    Duo Orfeo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, September 23, 2017</font>

    Playing a rare and eclectic repertoire on both classical guitars, Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker as Duo Orfeo are emerging as one of the most distinctive voices in the classical music world. Duo Orfeo draws their repertoire [...]


    Glenn Roth <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, October 14, 2017</font>

    Norwalk native, Glenn is a sensational fingerstyle guitarist, his compositions suggest moods and narratives that compel the listener to fill in the details. Glenn Roth is not your typical commuter from Connecticut. Instead of a [...]


    Guitar Day! 2017 <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, October 14, 2017</font>

    An all-day guitar extravaganza featuring concerts and workshops by extraordinary guitarists:  special instruction by outstanding artist Glenn Roth, fingerstyle guitarist and arranger, luthiers Paul Neri and Nathan [...]


    Xavier Jara - GFA Winner<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, November 4, 2017</font>

    Rising star Xavier Jara has won numerous awards including first place in the senior division of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition, as well as in the youth division of the Indiana International Guitar [...]


    Randy Napoleon Trio <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, November 18, 2017</font>

    Fingerstyle jazz guitarist, has been described by George Benson as “sensational”. He has played on the Today and Tonight Shows, toured with Michael Bublé and Benny Green.  Randy Napoleon is a guitarist, [...]


    Scott Sanchez <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Sunday, January 21, 2018</font>

    Opening the Windsor series is Colorado native Scott who is a Yale grad protégé of Ben Verdery. His playing is “very engaging, virtuosic and spirited” —David Leisner. Scott Sanchez's playing has [...]


    Francesco Barone <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Sunday, February 11, 2018</font>

    One of a new breed of classical guitarists from the Hartt School, “brings a strong sense of musical depth…and commentary concerning the music” —Richard Provost. Award winning guitarist Francesco Barone has[...]


    Guitarrathon '18 April 21, 2018

    Join us for Guitarrathon '18 a great, fun fundraiser! If you'd like to know how you can help, send and email. We're looking for 'Sponsors of the Hour', tech support and donations. Email: tim@timmaynard.com April 21, 2018 [...]


    Nick Cutroneo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Sunday, March 4, 2018</font>

    Final concert of the Windsor series, Nick is another up and coming classical guitarist out of the Hartt school, "An Intelligent And Communicative Player With Technical Ease And  Natural Musicality. A Real Delight To [...]


    Jose Gonzalez & Claudio Ragazzi Duo with Criollo Clasico <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, April 7, 2018</font>

    The most eclectic Caribbean musical ensemble touring today; equally versatile in Latin, classical and jazz idioms. This musical family unit (father and sons) brings a unique and unmatched versatility and energy to any concert [...]


    Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, April 28, 2018</font>

    "Elegant."  "Riveting." "Soulful." "Classic mastery." These are a few of the terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick. [...]